Nov 02

Updated 4 hours ago

Referendum on CTA Belmont "Flyover" on Last Page of Ballot

There will be a referendum about the planned CTA “Flyover” on the Nov. 4 Election Ballot in the #20, 36 & 38 precincts of the 44th ward. Vote NO to protect Central Lakeview!

The Referendum: Has the CTA sufficiently justified the $320 million proposed Brown Line Flyover project and its impact on local homes and businesses?

Vote NO to insist the CTA let the community know what they plan before it’s too late to stop them.

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There will be a referendum about the planned CTA “Flyover” on the Nov. 4 Election Ballot in the #20, 36 & 38 precincts of the 44th ward. Vote NO to protect Central Lakeview!

The Referendum: Has the CTA sufficiently justified the $320 million proposed Brown Line Flyover project and its impact on local homes and businesses?

Vote NO to insist the CTA let the community know what they plan before it’s too late to stop them.

The CTA Belmont El ‘flyover’ will waste $320 million++. Save Central Lakeview, a thriving restaurant, shopping, business district, from being ruined by the unnecessary Brown Line ‘flyover.’ Don’t let them waste your money, ruin your neighborhood.

The flyover will swing wide over two blocks of Clark Street, turning a large chunk
of this essential street into an under-El wasteland. Many commercial buildings and homes will be destroyed. Those still standing will be left facing under-El emptiness and an overhead train.

The CTA ‘findings’ are false, their drawings intentionally misleading.
Plans have NOT been finalized; please speak up for Lakeview before it’s too late.

  • d3 NOH

    it was indeed ice on the tracks that was the cause of the actual delay. They were using MAP gas torches and ice scrapers when you passed working to get the outer track back open. I don't quite understand how they don't have a single mostly metal, small vehicle that could've driven up and down the closed tracks to keep ice from building. 8" of ice didn't just build in 45 minutes... and If ice was building the heat from the fire wasn't there. ...

  • The water, like the metal of the elevated structure, was likely quite cold and the tracks were getting hit with spray driven by the wind. Most of the heat from the fire rises upward, without traveling laterally, and given the extreme cold that morning it likely wasn't close enough to heat up the elevated. Further the firemen would have continued to douse the building long after obvious visible signs of fire were extinguished (in order to prevent any smoldering embers from reigniting).

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24 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Saturday Family Dance Party!

Hello Everyone! I am excited to announce our first Saturday Dance Party! Come down to Picnic: A Gathering Spot for Families and join our dance instructor, Jen Guglielmi, for an energetic and fun hour of dancing and playing! Fun begins at 4:00 pm.
Check out what we're all about, meet new friends, and boogie!
For more information and to RSVP, go to: http://www.chicagofamilypicnic.com/gatherings.html

29 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

$10 Classes at The Shift Coworking & Community Space

To our Lakeview Neighbors:

I'm excited to announce that here at The Shift we will be offering $10 classes, led by Industry Professionals as a way to make learning opportunities accessible to everyone.
Our class offerings will cover a variety of topics, from Entrepreneurship and Small Business Help, to Arts & Culture, to Health & Wellness, Legal Advising, and everything else in between.

All classes are open registration and held here at The Shift, a newly launched Coworking and Community...

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To our Lakeview Neighbors:

I'm excited to announce that here at The Shift we will be offering $10 classes, led by Industry Professionals as a way to make learning opportunities accessible to everyone.
Our class offerings will cover a variety of topics, from Entrepreneurship and Small Business Help, to Arts & Culture, to Health & Wellness, Legal Advising, and everything else in between.

All classes are open registration and held here at The Shift, a newly launched Coworking and Community Space located at 4101 N. Broadway.

To view our Event Calendar directly, please visit: www.TheShiftChicago.com/events.html
Or, just stop in! We give tours of our space all day and are always happy to provide free coffee, tea, or snacks to our visitors;)

If anyone has ideas and suggestions for classes, please let me know. We're always looking for qualified teachers too (and we offer compensation for teaching).

Hope to see many of you soon!

All the best,

Nicole Vasquez (Small Business Owner of The Shift)
773-360-1199
@TheShiftChi
nicole@theshiftchicago.com
www.TheShiftChicago.com

3 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Stop giving Bistro Dre your money

Hey all,

After a tip from an associate, I keep a pretty close eye on Bistro Dre's Yelp page. If you dig enough, you'll find a few reviews that walk the line between absurd and terrifying. Drunken antics by Dre in the dining room in the midst of service are not rare. At night, from time to time, I hear Dre berating one of his staff members (yes, it's loud and aggressive enough to hear from a distance).
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Hey all,

After a tip from an associate, I keep a pretty close eye on Bistro Dre's Yelp page. If you dig enough, you'll find a few reviews that walk the line between absurd and terrifying. Drunken antics by Dre in the dining room in the midst of service are not rare. At night, from time to time, I hear Dre berating one of his staff members (yes, it's loud and aggressive enough to hear from a distance).
All this to say, on Saturday night a yelp review mentions and an assault on one of his wait staff who was trying to calm him down.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/bistro-dre-chicago?hrid=FTHYV_Fxc-sDn2HgcvjnDA
http://www.yelp.com/biz/bistro-dre-chicago?hrid=ILRsAO5QfKAMM8IHdwQh4Q

My thoughts on writing this are two-fold.
Dre should not be in business. He's a madman with a terrified staff under his thumb.
But, the staff is awesome, kind, smart and hardworking.
Are there any other business owners or hiring managers who could approach the staff at Dre to get them out of there?

At the very least, Lakeview, stop giving Dre your money.

  • I went there once. Food was great, but towards the end of our meal a woman who seemed like a manager started screaming at our waiter, in the middle of the restaurant. This went on for several minutes. And I believe it had something to do with rolling silverware. I thought it was horribly unprofessional. Our waiter had given us good service.

  • I once worked for someone who sound exactly like the owners of Dre. I will never put myself in that position again and now that I have a heads up I'll never visit that establishment. People who feel like they can berate others (period), let alone in front of their patrons have no business being in business. Shame on them.

26 hours ago

If you had your booted car Removed from Oakdale and PineGrove 11-19

The revenue agent took the boot off, they attached a chain to the front wheel, pulled the car out of the parking space, sent a few parts of the body and/or suspension flying into the street - I got these pics and don't know what happened next. They were not very gentle with the procedure.

5 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Dog groomer

Does anyone have a recommendation for a dog groomer in Lakeview? We have a shitzu bichon
Thanks

  • SunshineDiva2014 Long time Chicago resident.

    I have taken my Havanese to Earth Pups on Belmont. Stephanie is amazing and it is all small dogs.

  • Fergus just got his Thanksgiving cut on Monday. As usual Cherie at Kriser's was great. Agree you need to book now for Christmas-it was already tight to get an appointment the week of the 19th.

3 days ago

Updated 29 hours ago

3301 N. Ashland Avenue devlopement

MedSpring Urgent Care coming to 3301 N. Ashland Avenue, along with Vitamin Shoppe
http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com/2014/11/medspring-urgent-care-coming-to-3301-n.html

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Jun 21

Updated 39 hours ago

Uber is the Worst

I decided to give Uber one chance despite all of the bad press out there about then (taking illegal advantages, poor service, risky un-trained drivers, etc). This is because they had e-mailed me a 'one free ride' offer to test out their service.

The offer had not been thought through so did not work. I found that Uber has no live person to speak with (only service by e-mail), so I ordered a car. I found that the driver could...

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I decided to give Uber one chance despite all of the bad press out there about then (taking illegal advantages, poor service, risky un-trained drivers, etc). This is because they had e-mailed me a 'one free ride' offer to test out their service.

The offer had not been thought through so did not work. I found that Uber has no live person to speak with (only service by e-mail), so I ordered a car. I found that the driver could not help me either, so just ended up getting out and taking a taxi.

I complained via e-mail and received a reply the next day. It basically was a generic message directing me where to input a 'promo code' - when the problem stated was that there WAS no promo code provided.

Save yourself some frustration and stay away from this 'service'.

  • It was an off-the-cuff comment that the executive retracted.

  • No doubt because Uber's legal counsel and their board ordered him to do so. Retracting does not mean that he didn't fully intend that action.

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3 days ago

Updated 47 hours ago

Armed robbery in 1500 Block of W. Byron 6:30pm tonight (Sunday)

A pizza delivery man was held up at gunpoint about a half hour ago. The suspects shoved him to the ground next to his car double-parked on the street where he was making a delivery and put gun to his head He is ok. Suspects were described as two african-american males, early 20's, one wearing a white sox jacket.

Police were on it within minutes and are searching area.

  • Let me just make an announcement that I am lazy and I sometimes have pizza delivered. What do I win?

  • DougB 47th Ward Curmudgeon

    I read this on Nextdoor. Same approximate location, apparently this happened last night.

    Attempted Burglary and CAPS Meeting

    CAPS Meeting for Beats 1911 and 1912 is Tuesday, 7 PM at Kindred Hospital, 2544 West Montrose. Parking lot available. Beat 1912 is Lawrence to Irving Park, Clark to Damen. CAPS phone...

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    I read this on Nextdoor. Same approximate location, apparently this happened last night.

    Attempted Burglary and CAPS Meeting

    CAPS Meeting for Beats 1911 and 1912 is Tuesday, 7 PM at Kindred Hospital, 2544 West Montrose. Parking lot available. Beat 1912 is Lawrence to Irving Park, Clark to Damen. CAPS phone number is 312.744.0064.

    There was an attempted burglary on the 1400 block of West Byron near Greenview last night while the family was home having dinner. The perpetrator attempted entrance to the home via the front door.

    Please be sure to leave porch lights on beginning at dusk through dawn as well as some interior lighting especially while home. Consider setting your alarm once you are inside for the evening.

    https://southportchi.nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=7889898

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Is Target back in the mix in Lakeview?

"Target's impending arrival appears to have sparked no such opposition, according to Bennett Lawson, chief of staff to Ald. Tom Tunney of Lakeview's 44th Ward." If you oppose, call Mr. Lawson, he thinks we don't care. Article was in Friday, November. 14th Crain's Chicago business. This is news to the neighbors, we were told they didn't know what Novak was building.

  • L...your little example of Clark Street is rarity. Plus if I know the location you are speaking of; its due to that specific landlord(s) waiting out the flat commercial market & conservative lending market to tear down all the outdated (1) story little storefronts to put in a 8-10 story midrise there on the west side of the block. BTW...my examples are EVERYWHERE. Almost 40-50% of new construction and existing storefronts on busy streets in the entire north side are vacant. Open your eyes.

  • @ Hank - you are correct. The stretch on Clark from Wellington to Fullerton is block after block after block of empty storefronts. It's a shell of what it was ten years ago. It's sad.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Mercury Theater's Annual Christmas Schooner!

It's that time of year again - the Christmas Schooner is back on from November 26 - December 28!

http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com/2014/11/its-most-wonderful-time-of-year-at.html?spref=tw

  • I LOVED this play!! Saw with my mom and sister a couple years ago. The talent (including the children) was Broadway quality...no exaggeration. Beautiful singing and touching story.

  • I always thought it was rather morbid for a Xmas play but it does have great music and is well acted.

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Nov 13

Updated 2 days ago

  • Jen K 22-year Lakeview resident

    Also, re. not revealing the names of the business owners: Apparently that has to do, in part, with Illinois law. The secrecy is a requirement in the original law. So while apparently some prospective owners have outed themselves, our lawmakers wrote the law that way. So perhaps your questions about transparency and being forthcoming, etc., are better elected at elected representatives: Why did you think this secrecy was so critical that you allowed it to become law?

  • BarryDad Neighbor. Parent. Community Group Member.

    The cash situation is a real problem, I agree. But it will go away very soon. There are plenty of local solutions (i.e. Banks that do not operate outside of the state of Illinois, and therefore not afraid of federal laws on the matter, rulings from the office of the...

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    The cash situation is a real problem, I agree. But it will go away very soon. There are plenty of local solutions (i.e. Banks that do not operate outside of the state of Illinois, and therefore not afraid of federal laws on the matter, rulings from the office of the comptroller of currency, or RICO statutes) that will sprout up soon. And once the fees are fat enough, national banks will wade in, lobby for regulatory permission (which is starting to occur already), and then this debate about large amounts of cash will go away.

    For those of you who argued this point, I am curious whether you would be capable of changing your mind if these patients and the dispensary itself were using credit? I live close but not close enough to worry about the cash problem. So I am open minded, but I seem to be in the minority on this EveryBlock thread.

2 days ago

Belmont Harbor Market??

Anyone know when the belmont harbor market off of belmont and sheridan is opening?!?!

Nov 13

Updated 2 days ago

Need a good cat-sitter

Anyone have a recommendation for a cat-sitter? We are going away for Christmas time and need to have someone come over and feed our cat while we're away. Thanks for any recommendations.

  • I've used http://www.lulukittycare.com a few times and they are great.

  • Jim K 35 year resident West Lakeview

    Cindy G at PURR-FECT KITTY SITTER. Have used her for over 20 years, first for KAT and now for IRBIS and MO MO. IRBIS actually sat in her lap; in 9 years he has never sat in my lap. Telephone 773 275 7877.

Nov 10

Updated 3 days ago

Find Keys? Leave them!

I lost my keys the other day on the side walk. I returned to where I thought they would be; when I returned, they were not there. I walked around some other places, and came back again to the same spot, did a more thorough search, and still couldn't find them. I got a flashlight and came back one last time. I spent 5 minutes searching the third time I came back. RIGHT when I was about to leave, a...

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I lost my keys the other day on the side walk. I returned to where I thought they would be; when I returned, they were not there. I walked around some other places, and came back again to the same spot, did a more thorough search, and still couldn't find them. I got a flashlight and came back one last time. I spent 5 minutes searching the third time I came back. RIGHT when I was about to leave, a guy came up and asked what I was doing. I told him I was searching for my keys. It turns out, he had them. He had been walking around trying to find me!

Much thanks to that individual, but you freaked me out! I was in total panic mode!

If you were never told as a kid to stay where you are if you are lost, and someone will find you, I think that guide applies here.

If you find someones keys, they will likely return or trace their steps to find them; leave them! If you really feel the urge to take them and find their home, at the very least, leave a note.

  • loraine t washington 5 yr. resident

    That is a good idea.

  • You have obviously gotten loads of grief for this, but I understand the frustration. I was in a Walmart looking at paint once, and set my keys on the shelf while I was kneeling down looking at some stuff on the end cap. Not the brightest move ever, but they were there for less than two minutes when someone grabbed them to "be helpful." It took me 15 minutes to track them down, and a load more anxiety.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

No Gas in Lakeview?

Did anyone else's gas get shut off because of someone hitting the gas line on Aldine? 311 says People's Gas has no idea when it will be fixed.

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3 days ago

This 2-Bedroom Lakeview Duplex Has Been Reduced $40K: 2859 N. Southport

This 2-Bedroom Lakeview Duplex Has Been Reduced $40K: 2859 N. Southport

3 days ago

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Lost dog

I'm watching Smuckers and he took off on me. Black lab mix. Please call 6272865. Thanks.

  • Ev

    Happy to hear that Smuckers is back safe with you.

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Nov 11

Updated 4 days ago

Any bookclubs in Lakeview?

Hello,
I am looking for a smaller book club for young 20-30's? Looking to mingle with more people in my area.

  • I don't know of any, but I'd be interested in something like that as well.

  • Hey Lindsey, hope Chicago is treating you well so far! I live in lakeview too (from Ohio myself, Cincy area) although I've been here for over 10 years now, this feels more like home too! I don't belong to a club nor know of any but if you're down we...

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    Hey Lindsey, hope Chicago is treating you well so far! I live in lakeview too (from Ohio myself, Cincy area) although I've been here for over 10 years now, this feels more like home too! I don't belong to a club nor know of any but if you're down we could maybe meet up.. I like books/wine/coffee/chill-ness. There's also a meditation group (if you're into that kind of thing) every Monday on Addison and Racine that I've been wanting to check out! =) I'm 28 and live like a block away from Clark & Addison, let me know!! Stay Warm <3

  • LadyPatches Lover of small poodles

    Check out Meetup.com You can specify your zipcode and it will show you what is around that area.... lots of different activities.

Nov 09

Updated 5 days ago

Thanksgiving Dinner

Other than Jewell or Mariano's, can anyone recommend a place that does a pre-cooked Thanksgiving meal for 8-10 that comes with turkey, vegetables, stuffing, pies, etc. We don't want to go out to eat and we don't want to cook from scratch.

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

New Nail Salon in UPTOWN !

New nail salon @ 842 W.Montrose Ave
224-310-7699

MANICURE $15
PEDICURE $ 30
NO CHIP MANICURE $ 30

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